Photo: Hanoi's oldest market, Dong Xuan.

Dong Xuan market

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Hanoi's oldest market Dong Xuan mainly sells bulk food items, clothing and accessories targeted towards locals in its three storeys of packed aisles.

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The original market opened in 1889, and while the facade remains, the interior was completely rebuilt after a fire in 1994 that killed several people.

For all your sparkling ao dai needs. Photo taken in or around Dong Xuan market , Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

For all your sparkling ao dai needs. Photo: Samantha Brown

Dong Xuan takes up an entire city block. It's huge and really does sell pretty much everything, though it's not really a tourist market. If you’re looking for gifts to take home then you’re better off hunting around Hang Gai and Hang Hom. A few stalls do sell the usual tourist paraphernalia—silk cushion covers, chopsticks—so it won’t be a wasted trip if that’s what you’re after, but don’t go expecting a wealth ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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